On 14 June 2017 the European Consumer Consultative Group (ECCG) adopted an Opinion that reflects their general assessment of the ‘Clean Energy for All Europeans’ package. The ECCG took into account current problems faced by energy consumers in different EU countries, having assessed the overall impact that the new provisions could have on energy consumers. The opinion gives an overview of the necessary tools that could help solve basic consumer problems, for example through designing consumer-friendly offers, contracts and bills, ensuring that consumers get a better deal through online comparison tools and making switching easier. It acknowledges the extra help required by energy-poor consumers. It calls for action to ensure consumers enjoy the benefits of energy efficiency, that the low carbon energy transition is affordable for consumers and that all consumers are given the option to be active.
Letter from the Chair of the Article 29 Working Party to Commissioner Věra Jourová.
“The Article 29 Working Party (WP29), at the June plenary meeting, examined certain critical matters with regards to the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and of the Privacy Shield and adopted documents on other issues.”
Agenda items include implementation of the GDPR and the EU-US Privacy Shield.
“The first international interactive workshop on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) between Asian Pacific Privacy Authority (APPA) members and Working Party 29 (WP29) members was held in Paris, on the 18th and 19th of May 2017 and hosted by the French Data Protection Authority (CNIL).”
Letter from the Chair of the Article 29 Working Party to Commissioner Věra Jourová regarding the data portability guidelines prepared by the Article 29 Working Party.
“DG JUST is establishing a new multistakeholder expert group to support the application of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The group will consist of academic, legal practitioners, as well as business and civil society representatives.”
“This study set out to improve the quality and consistency of assessing personal consumer detriment by developing a simple, consistent state-of-the-art methodology to identify, measure and quantify its incidence and magnitude. Protecting consumers, especially the vulnerable ones, against significant personal detriment is a matter of fairness. In addition, this can also improve overall market functioning, as consumers confident enough that they have some protection against unforeseeable negative outcomes may be more willing to engage actively in markets, by e.g. switching to new suppliers or products, or signalling problems in the marketplace through their complaints.”
“The Commission work programme for 2017 announced an initiative on company law to facilitate the use of digital technologies throughout a company’s lifecycle and cross-border mergers and divisions. This consultation seeks views on the scope and content of such an initiative.”
“The Article 29 Working Party (WP29), at the April plenary meeting, examined certain critical matters with regards to the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and of the Privacy Shield and adopted several key documents such as an opinion on the draft e-privacy regulation and guidelines on data portability, data protection officers, lead authority and data protection impact assessment.”
“The Privacy Shield Ombudsperson is a new mechanism set up under the Privacy Shield to facilitate the processing of and response to requests relating to the possible access for national security purposes by US intelligence authorities to personal data transmitted from the EU to the US. The Ombudsperson will deal with requests relating to data transferred not just pursuant to the Privacy Shield, but also on the basis of other frameworks such as the Standard contractual clauses (SCCs), binding corporate rules (BCRs) or derogations. In any event, you do not need to evidence that your data have in fact been accessed by the United States intelligence services.”